Orthopaedic Residency Program Faculty
Shelly Tyler, DPT, COMT, OCS, FAAOMPT
Physical Therapist, Vice President, Chief Clinical Officer, Residency Program Director
Shelly, a native of Owensboro, graduated from University of Evansville in 2010 with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT). Following graduation, she has completed her Certificate of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy (COMT) through the Ola Grimsby Institute and obtained her Orthopaedic Certified Specialist (OCS) board certification in 2013. In 2016, Shelly graduated from Regis University as Owensboro’s first and only Fellow of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy.
Shelly is certified in Level 1 and 2 Functional Dry Needling, Functional Movement Systems, the Selective Functional Movement Assessment, and Y-balance Testing. She is a credentialed clinical instructor through the APTA and teaches as an adjunct professor at the University of Evansville.
Shelly is married to Dr. John Mark Tyler, and they have two boys, Grayson and Paxton, and one girl, Abbi Grace. They love their local church and the Owensboro community. Her interests include: playing the violin, yoga, participating in triathlons, snow skiing, painting, and spending time with her family.
Tanea St. Ledger, DPT, COMT, OCS, CIRS
Physical Therapist, Clinic Director, Program Coordinator
Tanea, a native of Albion, IL, graduated from University of Evansville in 2008 with her Bachelors in Exercise Science and in 2011 with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) from University of Evansville. She completed her Certificate of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy (COMT) through the Ola Grimsby Institute in 2014 and obtained her Orthopaedic Certified Specialist (OCS) board certification in 2014. She also completed training to become a Certified Industrial Rehabilitation Specialist (CIRS) in 2015.
Tanea is certified in Level 1 and 2 Functional Dry Needling, Selective Functional Movement Assessment, and Y-balance Testing. She is also a credentialed clinical instructor through the APTA. She also enjoys treating individuals with vestibular dysfunction and athletic injuries.
Tanea is married to Edwards County States Attorney, Eric St Ledger, who is also an Albion native. They have four horses which are often treated as children. In her spare time, Tanea enjoys horseback riding, waterskiing/wakeboarding, snow skiing, camping, running and spending time with friends.
Kate Schwartzkopf-Phifer, DPT, PhD, OCS, CSCS
Physical Therapist, Head of Research, Teaching Faculty, Residency Mentor
Kate, a native of Sesser, IL, is an assistant professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the University of Evansville. She received her Bachelor and Master of Physical Therapy degrees from the University of Evansville and her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Regis University in Denver, CO. She completed an orthopedic residency and is a board certified clinical specialist in orthopedics through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. She completed her PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Kentucky in 2017.
Kate has additional certifications in the Functional Movement Screen, Hardstyle Kettlebell, Functional Dry Needling and strength and conditioning. She loves working with athletes that are preparing for an upcoming event or season, or struggling with chronic injuries.
In her free time, Kate enjoys spending time with her family. She enjoys staying active and is an avid supporter of Aces athletics.
Craig Phifer, MPT, MHA
Physical Therapist, President, CEO, Teaching Faculty
Craig was born and raised in Staunton, Illinois. He graduated from the University of Evansville with his Masters in Physical Therapy in 2007 and from the University of Southern Indiana in 2010 with his Masters in Health Administration. While at UE, Craig also played collegiate basketball.
Craig is certified in Level 1 and 2 Functional Dry Needling, the Y-balance test, Functional Movement Screen, and the Selective Functional Movement Assessment. Craig is also an adjunct professor for the University of Evansville Physical Therapy program.
Craig believes that far too many people are living in pain when they don’t have to be, and that therapy is the answer for many.
Craig is married to a physical therapist, Kate, who is a faculty member in the University of Evansville Physical Therapy program. They have three children, Calvin, Zoe, and Eric. He enjoys running, training for triathlons, reading, and hanging out with his family.
John Mark Tyler, DC
Chiropractor, Personal Trainer, Clinic Director, Teaching Faculty
John Mark was born in Jackson, Mississippi. In 2003, he found his way to the University of Evansville where he pursued his college soccer career and undergraduate degree. In 2011, John Mark then graduated from Logan College of Chiropractic in Chesterfield, MO.
John Mark has a passion for sports performance and family wellness. He enjoys being able to incorporate therapeutic exercise and nutritional counseling into his treatment sessions with patients. John Mark is Graston Level 1 Certified, Level 1 Certified in Functional Dry Needling, is a Certified Personal Trainer by the NCCA, and is a Certified Level 1 Crossfit Coach.
He enjoys staying active, snow skiing, teaching fitness classes, and being with his family. He is married to Shelly Tyler. They are able to combine their passions into one organization and make an impact on the Owensboro community.